GPS

GPS

Satellites Are Quietly, Constantly Watching Us

In a few short decades, the movement and activities of large swaths of Earth's humans can be tracked at all times.
Ziya Tong
6.11.19
tech

Hacker Finds He Can Remotely Kill Car Engines After Breaking Into GPS Tracking Apps

“I can absolutely make a big traffic problem all over the world,” the hacker said.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.24.19
SURVEILLANCE

Big Telecom Sold Highly Sensitive Customer GPS Data Typically Used for 911 Calls

A Motherboard investigation has found that around 250 bounty hunters and related businesses had access to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint customer location data.
Joseph Cox
2.6.19
WOLVES

Watch Wolves Claim Their Territories in GPS Map of Their Movements

The cryptic lives of gray wolves in Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park are revealed through stunning GPS location maps.
Sarah Emerson
1.29.19
Time

This New Atomic Clock Is So Precise Our Ability to Measure Gravity Constrains Its Accuracy

NIST's new atomic clocks will help create the world's most precise map of how Earth's gravity warps spacetime.
Daniel Oberhaus
11.30.18
Tedium

The Military-Industrial Complex Roots of GPS

The evolution of the global positioning system, the greatest non-internet idea to come out of the Space Race, and why the military initially hobbled it.
Ernie Smith
3.13.18
Outer Limits

Following a Google Map to Nowhere Is Easy. Getting Out Is Hard

The connected map, the GPS dot, is a different sense of safety than the static map.
Michael Byrne
11.1.17
Outer Limits

I Broke My Phone Biking 180 Miles Alone in Europe

Without being able to reliably use GPS, I felt lost.
Lisa Cumming
10.23.17
Terraform

When Is It Time to Disobey GPS Directions?

“She had ignored her phone’s instructions.”
Becky Ferreira
9.22.17
accessibility

Toronto’s New Auditory ‘Beacons’ Will Help Blind People Navigate Downtown

They transmit navigation data directly to blind people’s phones.
Alison Motluk
9.12.17
GPS

How the On-Demand Economy Works Where Google Maps Gets Lost

Companies like Uber want to capture emerging markets, but some consumers aren’t on their map.
Ankita Rao
7.18.17
Dropped Pins

How an Airline Tragedy Brought GPS to the Masses

The Soviet shootdown of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 in 1983 spurred Ronald Reagan to open the US military’s satellite-based Global Positioning System for civilian use.
Sebastien Roblin
4.11.17
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